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Readings LAB

What a PACKED show!

by Readings LAB

 - Fri, Jun 11 2010

What a PACKED show! Probably should've scheduled it longer, but we had wall to wall authors, beginning with the always gracious, and insightful, Georgia Beers, discussing her latest novel Starting From Scratch.

Please follow this link for the full show -- we ran over about 10 minutes!
Click here for a complete list of the 2010 Goldie Winners.
Click here for a complete list of the Events Calendar which I didn't get to read at all.

Guest bios and websites:
Georgia Beers, who has been on Readings previously (obvious fan here!), is a multi-award winning author and just picked up a 2010 Goldie as part of the incredible collection The Outsiders, published by Brisk Press, which won in the Short stories/Essay Collection non-erotic category.

Her published works began with a short story in The Milk of Human Kindness, a short story anthology subtitled “Lesbian Authors Write About Mothers and Daughters”, edited by Lori L. Lake. Then she contributed to Stolen Moments, a Bold Strokes anthology. When she turned her pen to novels, she hasn't really looked back: Thy Neighbor's Wife (August 2003; Regal Crest Enterprises), Too Close To Touch (July 2006; BSB), Fresh Tracks (November 2006; BSB), Turning the Page (December 2006; Renaissance Alliance Press), Mine (November 2007; BSB), and Finding Home (July 2008; BSB). Her website is www.georgiabeers.com

Georgia then helped me wrap up the GCLS Awards and talk with several authors who called in, their first chance to connect with readers since hearing about their awards.

Bios for callers (not in order):

Catherine Lundoff
is the Goldie-winning author of Night’s Kiss: Lesbian Erotica and Crave: Tales of Lust, Love and Longing and, and editor of Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories. She co-edited, with JoSelle Vanderhooft, Hellebore and Rue: Tales of Queer Women and Magic, forthcoming in 2010 from Drollerie Press.www.catherinelundoff.com

Terry Galloway -- Stuttgart, Germany born, Austin, Texas raised-- is a deaf writer and performer who writes (plays, poems, creative non-fiction, TV, film) and performs (performance art, cabaret, cross-dressing Shakespeare, TV, film). She’s the Artistic Director of The Mickee Faust Academy for the REALLY Dramatic Arts, in Tallahassee, Florida. www.tlgalloway.com

Anne Laughlin's
stories have been published in a number of anthologies produced by Alyson Books, Cleis Press, and Bold Strokes Books. Her first novel, Sometimes Quickly, was published by P.D. Publishing in 2008. Her second novel, Veritas, was published in 2009 by Bold Strokes Books. Anne was named an Emerging Writer by the Lambda Literary Foundation in 2008. In 2010, Anne won a Goldie award in Mystery for Veritas. Shew lives in Chicago with her partner, Linda. www.annelaughlin.com

Cheryl Dumesnil
is the Winner of the 2008 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and author of In Praise of Falling, editor of Hitched! Wedding Stories from San Francisco City Hall, and co-editor, with Kim Addonizio, of Dorothy Parker's Elbow: Tattoos on Writers, Writers on Tattoos. Her poems have appeared in Nimrod, Indiana Review, Calyx, and Many Mountains Moving, among other literary magazines. Her essays have appeared on literarymama.com, hipmama.com, mamazine.com and in Hip Mama Zine. For over 15 years she has taught creative writing and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her wife and their two sons. www.cheryldumesnil.com

Crystal Michallet-Romero
grew up as many Chicana/Native Americans do, in a poor family who didn't even have a pot to piss in! As for her writing, she remembers writing from the time she was a child. Although her parents never encouraged or praised her writing, she was blessed with a grandmother who always listened to her stories, and who, in turn, would tell tales of her Mestizo and Native American cultural heritage. www.charani.org

Lois Cloarec Hart
grew up the second oldest of five siblings, with two incredible parents and a multitude of lifelong friends. It was a Norman Rockwell-ish upbringing, filled with books, family camping trips, paper routes, yard and street hockey, sleepovers, and all the other signposts of a small town childhood. Presently she and her wife, Day, split time between Canada and the U.S. www.loiscloarechart.com

Nell Stark, author of Running With the Wind and Homecoming, recently received her PhD in medieval English literature and moved to New York City to join her co-author and partner, Trinity Tam. Trin is an award-winning writer-producer of movies and television, who now works in the music industry. everafter is the first in a series of four paranormal romances. www.nellstark.com

Geonn Cannon lives in Oklahoma with his family and two cats. He started writing his senior year in high school, but didn’t begin to get serious about it until 2004. After years of silencing his muses through fan fiction, he made the leap to original characters and storylines. He won his first Goldie for the novel Gemini in 2010. www.geonncannon.com

Kim Baldwin has made her living as a television news writer for three decades. Living in Michigan, she began writing her first novel as a way to combat cabin fever. Friends encouraged her to submit it, and a lengthy second career has followed. www.kimbaldwin.com

Mikaya Heart says she has been a wordsmith since the age of six. Her self-published My Sweet Wild Dance won a Short Story / Essay Collection 2010 Goldie.  www.mikayaheart.org

I also read a brief note from Robbi McCoy, who won in the Debut Author category with Waltzing at Midnight. www.robbimccoy.com

Please follow this link for the full show -- we ran over about 10 minutes!
Click here for a complete list of the 2010 Goldie Winners.
Click here for a complete list of the Events Calendar which I didn't get to read at all.

Thank you to everyone for tuning in, to my guests for calling in, and for the continued support of the lesbian and bisexual women's literary communities! You all ROCK! See you next year at GCLS!

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